Quantcast

Not mere assurances, but action from BOC


I must sincerely sympathize with Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon; he very humbly responded to Rigoberto Tiglao’s Nov. 15 column highlighting the bureau’s poor performance, essentially owing to rampant smuggling, under the present administration (Inquirer, 11/16/12). In the same breath, I must also express my high admiration for Biazon’s untempered truthfulness and courage in objectively reacting to Tiglao’s deeply pugnacious, yet fairly convincing, assertions. Indeed, that was a gallant feat of Biazon never yet exhibited by any of this country’s Cabinet secretaries, past or present.

Even so, those of us who have read the full text of Biazon’s rejoinder to Tiglao will readily admit that, except for the former curtly disputing the latter’s claim that smuggling in this country is at its worst under the present administration—a denial that is of course expected lest his days in Customs be numbered—the good commissioner has never even attempted to dispute the figures Tiglao presented on the comparative value of smuggling under Estrada’s, Arroyo’s and Aquino’s watch, to wit: $3.1 billion, $3.8B and $19.6B, respectively. Truth to tell, I also sometimes personally tend to doubt some of Tiglao’s horrendous pro-Gloria/anti-P-Noy tirades in his columns. I would like to think, though, that the above, unless unimpeachably proven false, should at least be worth every right-thinking Filipino’s concern.

Biazon laments that close to 50 percent of the bureau’s operations are still being done manually, so their apparent work-in-progress solution to smuggling is the full automation of such services. With due respect, is he saying the degree of computerization in the BOC was just too good in Erap’s time, slightly worse under Arroyo’s and worst under P-Noy’s,  and so, the relative degree of smuggling has accelerated? That simply defies logic!

As I earlier said, I truly commiserate with the unfortunate Biazon, as far as his performance is concerned. But I would have liked it if he had already ceased saying: “We have been trying our best to improve the BOC management” or “It’s not true we are not addressing the smuggling problem,” and so on and so forth. Practically all of his predecessors had voiced these seemingly reassuring expressions in the past—words of hope and self-encouragement that, alas, have now all proven to be a mouthful of vain, motherhood statements. At least for once, the people would now wish to see, rather than merely hear, relatively more concrete action plans to this country’s smuggling problem. Surely more so the President, whose very own performance rating may be fast deteriorating in the eyes of the people because of this problem. Incidentally, I am raring to hear how presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, will react in due course to this issue.—RUDY L. CORONEL, rudycoronel2004@yahoo.com


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://opinion.inquirer.net/?p=41969

Tags: Bureau of Customs , Philippines , Rigoberto Tiglao , Ruffy Biazon , Smuggling



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • Sayyaf man linked to Sipadan kidnapping falls
  • Drilon calls for sobriety as mudslinging, witch hunts loom due to pork scam
  • S. Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
  • If Napoles names Aquino allies, they’ll be brought to bar of justice – Palace
  • Lacson says diamond-studded earring snatched from wife fake
  • Sports

  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series
  • David Moyes out as Manchester United manager
  • Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open
  • Defensive Chelsea holds Atletico in scoreless draw
  • Lifestyle

  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Sweet party for Andi Manzano
  • Entertainment

  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Summer movie preview: Bay reboots ‘Transformers’
  • Business

  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • $103M Vista Land bonds tendered for redemption
  • Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising
  • SC stops Meralco power rate hike anew
  • Technology

  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • No word yet on inking of US-PH defense pact during Obama visit
  • Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  • China, rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions
  • Visa-free US trip? Do not believe it, says consulate
  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
  • Marketplace